39. (1) The Government may make regulations, with respect to the buildings mentioned in section 2, upon the following, amongst other matters:
(a) The construction of public buildings, and their solidity, so as to ensure the safety of those who reside in or who frequent the same;
(b) The precautions to be taken against fire, and more particularly as respects: doors and windows, staircases, fire-escapes, fire-extinguishing and life-saving apparatus, and elevators and safety appliances in connection therewith;
(c) (Paragraph repealed);
(d) The supervision measures required in public buildings and the qualifications of the persons who are to carry them out;
(e) The safe operation of public buildings.
(2) Nothing in this section shall affect the powers possessed by municipal councils of making by-laws respecting public safety, provided such by-laws or regulations be not inconsistent with those made in virtue of this Act.
(3) Every regulation provided for in this section relating to an institution within the meaning of the Act respecting health services and social services (chapter S-4.2) or within the meaning of the Act respecting health services and social services for Cree and Inuit Native persons (chapter S-5) shall be made on the joint recommendation of the Minister and the Minister of Health and Social Services.
(4) Any regulation made under this section applies to an establishment contemplated in the Act respecting occupational health and safety (chapter S-2.1) but which is not contemplated in section 2, to the extent that the safety of the public must be ensured.